One of the ironies of my part-time seminary studies was that I volunteered to work Sundays at my full-time job. By working a Sunday shift I could go to church in the morning, work in the afternoon and then have a weekday off to travel back and forth to Columbus for a seminary class. My religion had me working on the sabbath.
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus angers a religious leader by healing a woman on the sabbath. And in the Old Testament reading we hear about the importance of honoring the sabbath and not “trampling it.”
This Sunday afternoon some Faith folks are going to go finish painting a house in Birdtown. In a few weeks we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by cleaning up a portion of the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation.
What are to make of working on Sundays?
Does this scripture merely give us guidance about the propriety of working on Sundays? Or does it say something bigger about Jesus and the kingdom of God?
Give it some thought. If you like, click on that balloon in the upper right corner of this post and share your thoughts or questions.
— Pastor Mark Rollenhagen